Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Welcome to a  pretend Valentine celebration. It has been a long time since I have posted. There are times you just need a rest and the time to regroup. I've set the table for eight  today to celebrate Valentine's Day. It would make a perfect Galentine table with red and white with gold accents and a little pink. One of these days I am going to have a real Galentine party. The camellias  in my centerpiece all came from my garden and it was a thrill for me to create arrangements from my garden. We had a hard freeze forecast and my bushes were full of blooms and many buds. So I was inspired to cut my blooms and do an arrangement.
I started collecting milk glass  a few years back and it has been fun to collect. My sweet daughter-in-law gave me the compote the large arrangement is in and one of the small vases. Her mother gave me the other one. Would you believe my daughter- in-law was incredibly sweet to bring the pieces she gave me in a suitcase and her mother did the same thing. That was a gift of love!

Mirrored tiles serve as a table runner and assorted hearts are scattered along with votive candleholders on the tiles. 
Candlelight is always a plus that adds ambiance. I'm glad the old etiquette rules about not lighting candles during the daytime has become outdated. I like the reflection the mirrored tile runner adds and it seems I always use it for my Valentine tables.
The pink camellia is named Pink Debutant and the white ones are White by the Gate and  White Alba Plena. The red blooms are Professor Sargent. Fatsia seed pods add an unique texture and was fun to discover in my garden as I cut camellias.  It was very cold when I was cutting and I had to get gloves and bundle up. I don't often get this much energy but knew it would be a shame not to enjoy my flowers indoors too.
The plate stack consists of a gold charger, red dinner plate,cream plates with a wide gold border and lastly a salad plate with a smaller golden border. Ruby red goblets add more festivity with gold flatware and white napkins with a red border. 

The varigated pink and white flower is called La Peppermint. 

I was sorry I failed to do a close up of the velvet stuffed heart. There are also two other glass ones with etching that I failed to photograph closely. It seems like I am always fighting the waning light to photograph in a hurry and forget to do close ups of the accessories.

Here is a picture of one of the large hearts used in another Valentine post.

I am looking forward to a real Valentine celebration with my husband next week. I will remove all the plates but two. What are your plans? 
Again, I apologize for my blogging absence. I have had a few health issues.  Wishing you a lovely Valentine's Day. 
Blessings, Bonnie♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️


  1. Your table and centerpiece are beyond dazzling. Those flowers -- unbelievable! I'm just sorry you won't be able to show it off to the galentines but I'll bet your husband will be most impressed! It's tremendously romantic.

    I'm sorry you haven't been well and hope that things are taking a turn for the better.

  2. Beautiful table and flowers. You are an artist. Hope you are feeling better.

  3. Gorgeous Bonnie! Your flower arrangement is stunning! Your table is beautiful and so pretty with your daughter's painting! You need to go ahead and have the Galentine party!
    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  4. Bonnie, this is absolutely stunning! I have camellia envy!! How wonderful it would be to sit at this table. The linens, plate stack, ruby red stems, milk glass, and I could go on and on are all beautiful. I am so happy you posted this so I could ooh and aah! Thank you for braving the cold to cut camellias. Happy Thursday ❤️

  5. I love everything about this table and how you continue to create! The camellia centerpiece is just stunning.

  6. Bonnie, sorry to hear of your health issues. Hope you are better. I recently had hip replacement, so its slow going here for me. I want to set another table or at the very least some valentine touches here and there, but the energy and motivation have not materialized. My White By the Gate camellias were full of blooms, but I didn't get them cut before our serious freeze and lost all of them. Such a sad realization. I'll know better next time. Glad you braved the cold to harvest your gorgeous blooms. Your table is sheer delight. Your collection of milk glass reminds me of my mother. She had a lovely collection and one of my nieces is the new caretaker. I was happy the nieces decided to keep the collection together and have one take it all. The others are known to borrow pieces if the need presents itself. I love the sharing that goes on between sisters. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your husband!

  7. Hi Bonnie,

    I'm so very sorry to read that you have been having health problems. I noticed you had not posted in some time, but just thought maybe you were busy. Your table is beautiful as always. Bonnie, you really should teach a class in flower arranging; I'm just always so impressed with your flower arrangements. These camellias are lovely, and the seed pods are really unusual. I also love your plate stack and your mirrored tiles reflecting the candlelight. Just a beautiful and romantic table setting!

    I sure hope you will be feeling better soon, Bonnie. It was really good to see a post from you!

    Warm hugs,


  8. Oh, Bonnie! That centerpiece is absolutely beautiful! I've never hear of fatsia, so I googled that. Those seed pods add so much texture to the arrangement. Your various varieties of camellia are just fabulous. That is a plant that is hit or miss in our region, depending on location. I've wondered if I could grow it, being near the river where warmer temps generally prevail in winter extremes. Your table place setting are also set to match the elegance of the florals. I love the mirrored table runner. I recently came across just one mirrored tile at an estate sale and thought of you and how you use these so well. Happy Valentine's Day, friend. I was happy to see your post.

  9. How nice that you were able to save some of the lovely blossoms for your beautifully laid table. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day with your husband and hope that your health improves. Karen (Back Road Journal)

  10. Hi Bonnie, I’m so sorry that you’ve had health issues. I missed your beautiful posts and this tablescape did not disappoint. Your camellias are so incredibly lovely and those seed pods add such a fun texture and whimsy to the arrangement. The mirrors really do enhance the ambiance from the votives. I need to remember that. I hope you and your hubby had a wonderful Valentine’s Day for two! ❤️

  11. I was so happy Bonnie to see your beautiful post. You always use flowers in such a wonderful, colorful way. Your table is amazing using the camellias and seed pods. I am praying for you my friend...for whatever your health issues are. I care.


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